For my scan today I had the usual two bottles of Readi-Cat, the white stuff that's pretty easy to drink. First one at 7:05, second at 7:55, scan at 8:40. While going through the intake process, I asked the intake woman (who's worked there a long time and knows what's going on) about whether they ever use water as a CT prep. She said that "a while ago" a few doctors came back from a conference where they learned about water for CT scans, and were excited about trying it on their patients, but it fell out of favor because -- and she wasn't positive this was the reason, but it's close if not exact: they felt the pictures weren't quite as sharp as those using the barium. So the pros and cons of the various preps may be worth investigating further.
Another thing C. said was that she had a teenager come in recently for a scan, and when given the barium drink, the girl pulled a bottle of Hershey's chocolate syrup from her purse and added a squirt of it to the barium. When questioned, she said that she'd had prior scans at Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia and they usually added chocolate or strawberry syrup. Mmmm!
- CC Stage IV at age 48, August 2007 (6+ of 38 LN, 4 or 7 liver mets)
- Laparoscopic sigmoid colon resection 8/30/2007
- October 2007 - Spring 2008: 10 rounds of FOLFOX +Avastin